Caldecott Award

  • Hello Lighthouse - 2019 Winner

    by Sophie Blackwell Year Published: 2018

    Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

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  • Wolf in the Snow - 2018 Winner

    by Matthew Cordell Year Published: 2017

    A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

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  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - 2017 Winner

    by Javaka Steptoe Year Published: 2017

    Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear - 2016 Winner

    by Lindsay Mattick Year Published: 2015

    In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

    Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...

    And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

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  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - 2015 Winner

    by Dan Santat Year Published: 2014

    This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and--at long last--is given his special name: Beekle.

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  • The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

    • 2014: Locomotive by Brian Floca (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
    • 2013: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
    • 2012: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.)
    • 2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • 2010: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company)
    • 2009:  The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)
    • 2008The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
    • 2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner  (Clarion)
    • 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua/Hyperion)
    • 2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
    • 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
    • 2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
    • 2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
    • 2001: So You Want to Be President? illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George (Philomel Books)
    • 2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking)
    • 1999: Snowflake Bentley illustrated by Mary Azarian, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton)
    • 1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)
    • 1997: Golem by David Wisniewski (Clarion)
    • 1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
    • 1995Smoky Night illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting (Harcourt)
    • 1994Grandfather's Journey illustrated by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine (Houghton)
    • 1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully (Putnam)
    • 1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
    • 1991: Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton)
    • 1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel)
    • 1989: Song and Dance Man illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman (Knopf)
    • 1988: Owl Moon illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen (Philomel)
    • 1987: Hey, Al illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks (Farrar)
    • 1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
    • 1985: Saint George and the Dragon illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges (Little, Brown)
    • 1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen (Viking)
    • 1983: Shadow translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars (Scribner)
    • 1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
    • 1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
    • 1980: Ox-Cart Man illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall (Viking)
    • 1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (Bradbury)
    • 1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier (Doubleday)
    • 1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove (Dial)
    • 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)
    • 1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott (Viking)
    • 1974: Duffy and the Devil illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach (Farrar)
    • 1973: The Funny Little Woman illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel (Dutton)
    • 1972: One Fine Day retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Macmillan)
    • 1971: A Story A Story retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley (Atheneum)
    • 1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (Windmill Books)
    • 1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome (Farrar)
    • 1968: Drummer Hoff illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)
    • 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (Holt)
    • 1966: Always Room for One More illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] (Holt)
    • 1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Atheneum)
    • 1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
    • 1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
    • 1962: Once a Mouse retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
    • 1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus)
    • 1960: Nine Days to Christmas illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking)
    • 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney (Crowell)
    • 1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
    • 1957: A Tree Is Nice illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper)
    • 1956: Frog Went A-Courtin' illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff) (Harcourt)
    • 1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
    • 1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
    • 1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (Houghton)
    • 1952: Finders Keepers illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt)
    • 1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
    • 1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (Scribner)
    • 1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
    • 1948: White Snow, Bright Snow illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
    • 1947: The Little Island illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday)
    • 1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
    • 1945: Prayer for a Child illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field (Macmillan)
    • 1944: Many Moons illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber (Harcourt)
    • 1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)
    • 1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
    • 1941: They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson (Viking)
    • 1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (Doubleday)
    • 1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday)
    • 1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott)